Pools Youth Team were beaten 2-1 at Rotherham United in a game that was switched to The Millers’ training ground after bad weather meant Blackhall’s Welfare Park was unplayable.
The conditions weren’t much better in Rotherham and high winds meant good football was at a premium as both sides struggled to get the ball down and play.
Jordan Jewson had an early chance for Pools but shot wide but John Hewitson’s men fell behind when keeper Ryan Catterick failed to clear his lines and the hosts took advantage to score.
The opening goal may have been against the run of play but it upset Pools’ rhythm and the fell further behind a couple of minutes later when Rotherham scored from a corner.
Pools made some changes to their shape at half time in a bid to get back in the game but, despite enjoying plenty of possession, missed chances through Jewson, Jack Blackford and Dylan Elliot.
They did manage to pull a goal back with a minute of normal time remaining when Jewson got on the end of Blackford’s cross but it was too little too late and The Millers hung on for victory.
“It wasn’t easy to play football but it was a disappointing result,” admitted Hewitson.
“We did a lot better in the second half when we were able to play higher up the pitch but again we didn’t take our chances and our first half mistakes were what cost us.”
Full Time: Pools 1 Rotherham United 2
Pools: Catterick, Cunningham, Turnbull, Varga, Howes (Male 80), Briggs, Wood (Travers 70), Richardson, Elliott, Blackford, Jewson.
Fielding, Dawson.Subs not used: